Player of the Year
Jed Prossner, McDonogh: The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior cracked a rib during an early-season victory over Calvert Hall, but not only did he persevere, he prevailed. Often double- and tripled-teamed while wearing a flak jacket to protect his rib cage, Prossner still recorded 73 goals and 36 assists for McDonogh, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament runner-up. An Easton resident, Prossner spent his freshman year at the small, private Gunston School in Centreville before transferring to McDonogh as a sophomore, when he backed up former Player of The Year Bobby Benson (now at Johns Hopkins). Bound for the University of North Carolina this fall, Prossner ended his career with 178 goals for 111 assists in three years. Said McDonogh coach Jake Reed: "He is the best kid I've ever had."
Coach of the Year
Tano Arrogancia, Pikesville: Eight years of coaching reaped rewards for Arrogancia and his Panthers this season, going 16-1 for the school's first state title -- in Class 2A-1A -- and a No. 8 area ranking. The Panthers won their final 11 games, including their second win of the year over Baltimore County rival Towson, a program Pikesville had never previously beaten. In its 17-7 rout of Southern-Anne Arundel in the 2A-1A final, Andrew Schwartzman set a state record for goals in a championship game (seven). Also defeating 3A-2A champion Fallston in overtime, Pikesville put Arrogancia (45-46 career at the season's outset) over the .500 mark for his career (61-47).
Joe Benson, McDonogh: The other half of perhaps the MIAA's most potent scoring duo, the 6-4 junior had 70 goals and 49 assists. A three-sport athlete, Benson was All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year in football last fall. He is being recruited by Loyola, Johns Hopkins, Princeton and Cornell for lacrosse; Virginia Tech, Florida, Tennessee, Colorado, Michigan and Syracuse for football; and Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio State, Maryland, Penn State and Duke for both sports.
Newton Gentry, Mount St. Joseph: This junior led the Gaels in scoring over the past two seasons, and has 60 career goals and 19 assists while alternating from attack to midfield. Gentry scored 37 goals and had 14 assists this season, which included eight three-goal games and one four-goal game.
Kyle Harrison, Friends: Harrison finished the year with 28 goals and assisted on 24 others, scooped more than 100 ground balls and won 90 percent of his faceoffs. A three-sport athlete who is headed for Johns Hopkins to play lacrosse, Harrison earned all-conference honors for basketball and in soccer. He is "the most accomplished three-sport athlete the school has had," said athletic director Jon Garmen.
Mitch Hendler, Boys' Latin: Many league coaches considered Hendler the best defender in the MIAA A Conference. Hendler contained Prossner more effectively than anyone, outscoring Bryant Will in a victory over Dulaney, and shut down one of the best offensive players from Yorktown High in New York. Hendler, who is headed for Navy, averaged four ground balls for the Lakers, who were conference tournament quarterfinalists.
David Misler, Pikesville: Bound for Duke University, the four-year starter anchored the Panthers to the 2A-1A state title. An All-American as voted by the Baltimore County coaches, the 6-2, 215-pound Misler directed the Panthers' defense and always covered the top offensive player from opposing teams. Misler scooped an amazing 386 ground balls and rarely came off the field.
J. D. Nelson, Gilman: One MIAA A Conference coach called Nelson "without question, the MVP of the league." Nelson scooped 163 ground balls, won 70 percent of his faceoffs and ranked third among Gilman's scorers with 19 goals and seven assists. Headed for Cornell University, Nelson had his best game in a 13-11 win over McDonogh in the regular season, with two goals, three assists, a team-high eight ground balls, and winning 18 of 28 faceoffs.
Matt Pinto, Loyola: One opposing coach called the junior "the best defender in the league." Pinto held Severn's top player, Drew Habeck, to only one point in three matchups against him, and he also contained Prossner in a regular-season victory over McDonogh. Pinto's skillful checks, quickness and man-to-man covering abilities make him a highly sought college prospect. Dartmouth, Princeton, Notre Dame and Duke already are after this student with a 3.75 grade-point average.
Blake O'Shaughnessy, Boys' Latin: One concern about O'Shaughnessy, a transfer from Colorado who is headed for Loyola College to play lacrosse, was whether he could raise his game to the level of play to match the nation's most difficult league. The senior proved his worth, leading the Lakers with 38 goals and 17 assists. "He gave us a huge lift athletically on attack," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver.
Tom Randisi, Calvert Hall: Coach Bryan Kelly called Randisi "a complete player," one who scored, assisted, faced off, played defense and just plain hustled all over the field. Bound for Ohio State on a lacrosse scholarship, Randisi, the Cardinals' team captain, scored 21 each in goals and assists and had nearly 100 ground balls. "He set the tone for our team," said Kelly of his team's MVP.
Justin Redd, Gilman: The senior scored 22 goals and assisted on seven others as Gilman defeated every league team entering the playoffs, where they suffered a one-goal loss in overtime to eventual MIAA A Conference runner-up McDonogh. One of his best games was a 10-9 overtime victory over Friends, in which his four goals -- including the game-winner -- helped the Greyhounds to overcome a 9-4 third-period deficit. Bound for Cornell, Redd also captained the ice hockey team and played football.
Pat Shek, McDonogh: The Loyola-bound player moved from the attack position he played as a junior to midfield as a senior, still managing to record 33 goals and 34 assists. Shek's hustle and quickness and his ability to run the transition made him a target for opposing defenses.
Richard Thomas, Gilman: Spending three years on the bench behind Jay Pfeifer, Thomas demonstrated that knowledge he learned this season with a 73 percent saves ratio (265 total) and 7.4 goals-against average. Behind an equally inexperienced defense, Thomas had a penchant for stopping point-blank shots. He withstood the opposition in seven one-goal victories and four two-goal wins. Three of his best games were in victories over Loyola (20 saves), Friends (23) and Boys' Latin (17). He may play at North Carolina next season.
Andrew White, Loyola: The top scorer for the MIAA A Conference champion Dons finished with 48 goals and 17 assists, including four goals in a 15-5 semifinal rout of Severn, and five goals in a 17-12 title-game victory over McDonogh. White also scooped 106 ground balls and "was the premier rider in the league as an attackman," according to his coach, John Tucker. White is headed for Ohio State.
Bryant Will, Dulaney: At 6-4, 200 pounds, the Lions' senior entered the season as the nation's No. 2 midfield recruit. Although he was double- and triple-teamed throughout the season, Will finished as the team's No. 2 scorer (28 goals, 21 assists). He led the Lions to their second straight 4A state title -- their fourth overall. "He's always a factor in our games, he's so talented," Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber said.
The boys teams
Player of the Year: Jed Prossner, McDonogh
Coach of the Year: Tano Arrogancia, Pikesville
Blake O'Shaughnessy...Boys' Latin...Senior...Attack
Newton Gentry...Mount St. Joseph...Junior...Midfield
Tom Randisi...Calvert Hall...Senior...Midfield
Mitch Hendler...Boys' Latin...Senior...Defense
Alec Knight...Calvert Hall...Senior...Attack
Mike Cheek...Boys' Latin...Senior...Midfield
J.J. LaSeta...Boys' Latin...Senior...Defense